Ice Prince is one of Nigeria’s finest music artistes. Born Panshak Henri Zamani on the 30th of October 1986, he hails from Niger state in Northern Nigeria.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
Ice Prince was born in Niger state. At two years of age, his family relocated to Jos, Plateau state. Thus he spent a good part of his childhood in Jos. Soon after his family settled in the city, he enrolled for nursery and primary school education, and he later attended Saint Murumba College. He would eventually move to the prestigious Science Tutorial College in the same city of Jos. However, shortly after his graduation, his father passed on, and he was devastated. Despite that setback, he resolved to further his education in the university, but tragedy struck again. Just a little while after he was granted admission into the University of Jos to study Zoology, news reached him that his mother had also died. At this point, he could no longer continue his education so he dropped out of school. Seeing the need to move forward with his life, he ventured into music. He had discovered his music talent early, and he decided to do it fully.
Ice Prince always had a flair for music, and it can be said that the loss of his parents triggered him to explore his music talent as a career. Those who influenced his passion for music at that early stage of life include popular American rapper Jay-Z, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G, Ludacris, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, and M.I. Abaga.
He started doing music professionally since as far back as year 1999. He would compose different rap songs and later perform them at entertainment shows and events in higher institutions. Two years later, he had built enough capacity and credibility at his level that he began to do studio recordings for his songs.
In 2002, himself and a group of friends formed the music group called ‘ECOMOG’, but the group did not stay together for up to a year. However, in 2002, he made a major breakthrough in his career when he got acquainted with the likes of popular Nigerian Rap King, M.I. Abaga, and others like Jesse Jagz and Lindsey. Around this period, he recorded and released his first official single titled ‘Extraordinary’. Shortly afterwards, he released another single titled ‘Rewind’, and both singles received widespread recognition in cities around Nigeria. Radio stations in Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja regularly aired them on their programs and playlists for extended periods, and Ice Prince was well on the way to being a household name.
After that season, he relocated to the city of Abuja to be with M.I. and his brother, Jesse Jagz. The trio embarked on a series of shows, performances and tours, from which they made a lot of money. Afterwards, they moved back to Lagos.
In Lagos, they teamed up with soul music artist Djinee, who hosted them for a period, during which they went around organizing shows and performing at social events and making money in the process.
Roughly about a year later, the trio of Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz and M.I. Abaga bagged lucrative record deals with Chocolate City (a.k.a. ‘Choc City’), a popular entertainment company. He is currently the executive vice-president of Chocolate City.
- ‘Extraordinary’- 2002
- ‘Rewind’- 2002
- Album: Everybody Loves Ice Prince (2011)
Songs: ‘Oleku (ft. Brymo)’
- Album: Fire of Zamani (2013)
- ‘Gimme Dat’
- ‘I Swear’
- Album: Jos To The World (2016)
- Compilation album: The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation (2015)
- Best Male Hip-hop artist – Ben TV Awards (2014)
- Best Rap Act of the Year – Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2014)
- Best International Act, Africa – BET Awards (2013)
- Best Hip-hop Artiste of the Year – City People Entertainment Awards (2013)
- Most-gifted hip-hop video of the year – Channel O’ Music Video Awards (2012)
- Best Rap Album (2012)
- Artist of the Year, Africa – Ghana Music Awards (2012)
- Best Rap Single ‘Oleku’ ft. Brymo – The Headies Awards (2011)
- Song of the Year – The Headies Awards (2011)
- Most-gifted Newcomer Video, ‘Oleku’ ft. Brymo – Channel O’Music Video Awards (2011)
- Best New Artiste – Dynamix All Youth Awards (2011)
- Hottest Single of the Year ‘Oleku’, ft. Brymo – Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2011)
- Song of the Year ‘Oleku’, ft. Brymo – City People Entertainment Awards (2011)
- Young Artiste of the Year – Eko FM/Radio Lagos Awards (2011)
Like most Nigerian hip hop stars, Ice Prince is no stranger to controversy. His love life has attracted so much attention within the last few years and his reputation has been severely scrutinized. He is allegedly the father of one baby Jamal, born to one of his baby mamas named Babatunde Abimbola. In fact, word had it that this lady was dating Jesse Jagz at the time she got pregnant for Ice Prince. When Jesse Jagz discovered the development, Ice Prince denied it upon confrontation, but later accepted the responsibility of the child.
Later again in the year 2017, Ice Prince got into a relationship with a certain Maima Nkewa. However, their relationship did not last due to allegations and incidences of infidelity. Currently, he is not married and is said to be dating an unknown individual.
Asides his love-related issues, he also reportedly had an altercation with popular hip-hop superstar Davido, and also with Lil Kesh. The trio were invited to perform at an event, but he was made to perform before Davido and Lil Kesh. Under normal circumstances, less-rated artistes typically perform before the big guns, so he being asked to perform before Lil Kesh and Davido was interpreted to mean that he was considered as less than them. Nonetheless, he performed at the event.
Nigerian artistes are known to be very wealthy, due to the lucrative endorsement deals they get and the millions of naira that they make from performing at shows and concerts.
According to confirmed reports, Ice Prince is worth an estimated $2 million dollars.